2020-09-02 E-Edition


— Letcher Volunteer Fire Chief Wallace “Spanky” Bolling, and emergency medical technician and Letcher Ambulance Service Executive Director Shawn Gilley look over some of the ambulances donated to the service last week by Lifecare Ambulance in Cumberland, which closed its doors in March. (Photo by Sam Adams)

14 charged in new indictments

The Letcher Grand Jury has named 14 Letcher County residents in indictments. They are: • Kenneth Wayne Sexton, 44, of 84 Stinking Branch Thornton, who is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine, with firearm enhancement), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, drug unspecified, with firearm enhancement), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (with […]

Harlan Co. woman gives ambulances to two squads here

Letcher Fire and Rescue’s ambulance fleet grew to three times its size over the weekend, thanks to a gift from a Harlan County businesswoman who was born in Letcher County. Stephanie Vanover, a Hemphill native who owns Cumberland Valley Funeral Home in Cumberland, closed her Lifecare Ambulance Service in March. After the business sat idle for five months, Vanover made […]

Federal judge sets Dec. 8 sentencing for woman guilty of $238,052 theft

Woman enters plea

A Colson woman will be sentenced December 8 in U.S. District Court for stealing nearly a quarter of a million dollars over a six-year period from the coal company that employed her. Sherry F. Thomas, of Buck Creek, pleaded guilty late last week to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, admitting that she used her boss’s signature stamp to write […]

Bruiser Flint a good fit for new job

Vaught’s Views

At least new Kentucky assistant coach Bruiser Flint understands just what he’s getting into with Big Blue Nation. Flint has worked as an assistant coach under John Calipari before at UMass. He’s also been a head coach at UMass and Drexel and had been working as an assistant at Indiana before joining Calipari’s staff after the departure of Kenny Payne […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Pond fishing can be very peaceful

Most fishermen that have fished for long, I am sure have fished in a pond at some time. Most everybody started out fishing an old farm or strip pond somewhere. I know I grew up fishing several of the ponds that were in my area. We always seem to do well and have a good time. One of the big […]

Struttin’ Time:

Memories of Labor Day are many

This is, and has always been, the hardest time of year for me to write a Struttin’ Time for you. There are so many memories and adventures around this time of year, I without question really don’t know where to start. Do I start about the old crew loading up on Labor Day weekend from the McRoberts, Hemphill, Craft’s Colly […]

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E-m@il address: In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net . To a certain man with a certain nose whistle: You owe me a thousand dollars. You know who you are. Don’t make me call T.J. He’ll make you pay. . Why is Highway […]

Online work skills workshops offered

The Center for Rural Development is offering online essential work skills training at no cost for unemployed and underemployed individuals in Letcher County. Instructor Jeremy A. Taylor will lead “Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” online training sessions on Sept. 17 and Oct. 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. streamed on Zoom. The online training will include valuable networking tools […]